Teacher accused of sex at school with student

Springfield CTC culinary instructor has been on paid leave since April.

A teacher was in the Clark County Jail on Wednesday after being charged with sexual battery, a case that allegedly involves a student on school grounds.

Jeffrey S. Rohrer, 28, of 3021 Eastham St., is accused of sexual contact with a student in a restroom on the campus of the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center after school hours.

Rohrer has been on paid leave since late April.

On April 24, school administrators reported to Springfield police they had questioned the student, who said she and Rohrer had a relationship that included sexual contact several times over the course of a few months.

The school became aware after a member of the custodial staff reportedly witnessed Rohrer exit bathroom on school grounds, quickly followed by the student. The staff member reported it to administration, according to a court affidavit filed by police.

Rohrer was placed on administrative leave, and CTC officials noted to police “upon being notified of the allegation, the defendant’s comments about it and his behaviors were odd,” according to the affidavit.

Rohrer came to police headquarters voluntarily Tuesday with his attorney and was charged with sexual battery, according to Springfield police. He pleaded not guilty to the charge in Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday, and bond was set at $10,000.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Rohrer was still being held in the Clark County Jail.

Officers noted in court records they intend to present the case to a Clark County grand jury for indictment, and Rohrer could face additional charges.

Rick Smith, superintendent of CTC, declined to comment about the case but said, “We are deeply committed to providing a safe environment for our students and enforcing our policies against misconduct of all kinds.”

Rohrer has been a culinary arts instructor for juniors at CTC.

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